Biography - Asa Prater

Asa PRATER, farmer, P. O. Fillmore, was born in Bond County December 10, 1829. Alexander PRATER, his father, was born in Tennessee October 17, 1807. He was brought to this State by his father in 1818. Halloway PRATER, the grandfather of subject, was born in North Carolina in 1777, of Scotch descent; was a farmer and wheelwright by occupation, and died in November, 1846. His grandmother, Anna ADAIR, was born in North Carolina about 1779. She was the mother of eight children; the father of subject was the fifth child, and married Mary SEARS, the mother of subject. She was born in Kentucky about 1809, and was the mother of four children, one deceased, our subject being the second child; was educated in the common schools of the country, but has, by observation and application, a good practical education. He entered 120 acres of Government land which was slightly improved, paying $100 for the improved part, and has added to his first purchase 120 acres more, making 240 acres of good, tillable land, on which he has erected a fine house and barn, with all necessary improvements, and also owns about forty-three acres of timber. He married in this county Artemisia BROWN PRATER, who was born in this county November 10, 1830. She died June 9, 1857. As his second wife he married, in 1861, Sarah H. BROWN, born December 1, 1836, and she is the mother of four children, all living; the names as follows: Horatio L., born February 13, 1862; Flora B., born August 13, 1864; Lillie May, born May 7, 1868; John H., born April 21, 1871. He was Town Clerk one year, in 1873. Members of Primitive Baptist Church; he is also a member of the Masonic fraternity; is identified with the Democratic party, and extremely liberal in his views. His grandfather was in the war of 1812; his father was in the Black Hawk war; has always been an advocate of public improvements, taking great interest in agriculture.

Extracted 22 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, pages 304-305.

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